This weekend, the top two seeds will meet in the DIAA Boys Lacrosse State Championship Game, pitting No. 2 Caesar Rodney against defending state champions and No. 1 seeded, Salesianum.
On Wednesday night, the finals were set after two semifinals decided the participants; No. 2 Caesar Rodney defeated No. 6 Wilmington Friends, while No. 1 Salesianum took care of No. 4 Cape Henlopen in a rematch of last year’s state title game.
The Riders trailed early, but regained their composure and eventually pulled away from Friends, 12-5.
The Riders led by just three at halftime, 6-3, but would go on to hold Friends to just two second half goals, while adding six more of their own to punch their ticket to the state title game.
Caesar Rodney opened the tournament with an 18-4 win over No. 15 MOT Charter, followed by a quarterfinals win over No. 7 Appoquinimink, 14-7, before their semifinals win over Friends.
In the second semifinals matchup of the night, Salesianum and Cape did battle in a highly contested matchup that was closer than the score might indicate.
The Vikings hung around with the defending champs, trailing by just a goal at halftime, 4-3. However, Sallies would turn up the heat in the second half, outscoring Cape 7-3, to earn a shot at defending their championship.
Salesianum advanced, thanks to playoff victories over No. 16 Smyrna, No. 9 St. Andrew’s and Cape Henlopen in the semifinals.
Salesianum and Caesar Rodney will face-off for the state title on either Friday or Saturday. The DIAA is expected to make an announcement on the date, time and venue soon.